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On Voice in PoetryVibration and Difference

On Voice in Poetry: Vibration and Difference [When Gregor Samsa awakes to find himself transformed into a giant bug [einem ungeheuren Ungeziefer], his first reaction is to panic — not, however, because of his carapace, or the numerous legs protruding from his belly, but because he is late for work. He becomes shocked at his own physical state only when, calling to his sister some moments later, ‘he heard his own voice answering hers, unmistakably his own voice, it was true, but with a persistent horrible twittering squeak behind it like an undertone, which left the words in their clear shape only for the first moment and then rose up reverberating around them to destroy the sense, so that one could not be sure one had heard them rightly’.1 It is ‘unmistakably his own voice’, and yet has an agency of its own, reverberations that prevent this voice from being wholly his: he at once recognises himself and recognises that he has become ‘other’ to himself.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

On Voice in PoetryVibration and Difference

Part of the Language, Discourse, Society Book Series
On Voice in Poetry — Nov 10, 2015

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
ISBN
978-1-349-45588-1
Pages
48 –76
DOI
10.1057/9781137308238_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[When Gregor Samsa awakes to find himself transformed into a giant bug [einem ungeheuren Ungeziefer], his first reaction is to panic — not, however, because of his carapace, or the numerous legs protruding from his belly, but because he is late for work. He becomes shocked at his own physical state only when, calling to his sister some moments later, ‘he heard his own voice answering hers, unmistakably his own voice, it was true, but with a persistent horrible twittering squeak behind it like an undertone, which left the words in their clear shape only for the first moment and then rose up reverberating around them to destroy the sense, so that one could not be sure one had heard them rightly’.1 It is ‘unmistakably his own voice’, and yet has an agency of its own, reverberations that prevent this voice from being wholly his: he at once recognises himself and recognises that he has become ‘other’ to himself.]

Published: Nov 10, 2015

Keywords: Verbal Content; Voice Prosthesis; Vocal Sound; Vocal Organ; Vocal Utterance

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